Board of Trustees
The State Bar’s governing board, the Board of Trustees, meets approximately eight times a year to consider organizational, policy and professional issues.
The board is made up of 19 trustees, including:
- Six lawyer members elected from districts based on California’s six appellate court districts
- Five lawyer members appointed by the California Supreme Court
- Two lawyer members appointed by the Legislature, one by the Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly
- Six “public” or non-lawyer members, four appointed by the governor, one by the Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly.
- A president may continue to serve an extra year if his or her term as one of the appointed or elected members has expired. He or she would become the 20th board member.
The 2015-16 board currently has 16 members, including President David Pasternak, who was elected to serve after his regular term had expired. He was the first California Supreme Court appointee. There are three vacant public member seats in addition to a vacancy in District 1. Daniel Dean, who was elected to a three-year term in 2013, resigned Aug. 7 because he moved from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area.
Each meeting is open to the public except for closed sessions that are allowed by law. Agendas for the open and closed sessions are posted on the website. The State Bar's open meeting rules are similar to rules governing California's public agencies, the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Govt. Code Sections 11120, et seq.) and the Brown Act (Govt. Code Sections 54950, et seq.).